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National Museum (Museo de la Nacion)

Av. Javier Prado Este 2465 | San Borja, Lima, Peru
01 476 9878
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Ranked #72 of 128 attractions in Lima
Type: History Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell the story of Peru's long history from prehistoric... more » Owner description: Lima's largest museum features scale models of temples, ruins and archaeological sites that tell the story of Peru's long history from prehistoric times and ancient civilizations to the advanced civilizations of Huari, Chimu and Paracas and the Inca Empire. « less
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San Francisco, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
75 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

This was an excellent museum even though only about a third of the exhibits have English language translations. Nonetheless, the museum displays exhibits from the various cultures of Peru that led to the Incan hegemony. The museum gave us a solid understanding that Peru's ancient history was comprised of far more than the Incan culture, and that the Incas were... More

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Houston, Texas
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

This was our first trip to Peru so we thought the National museum would be a great place to visit. We left a little disappointed. It's an inexpensive trip, 3 soles per person when we went, and we did not have the option to get a guided tour. No information was given when we bought our tickets. We asked if... More

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Mystic, Connecticut
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29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

If you have seen the Larco and the archeology museum, this is worth a visit. There is a fascinating exhibit on the 6th floor of the Shining Path/MARTA terrorism in the 1980s. Also an overview of pre-colombian and colonial art

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013 via mobile

Perfect combination of Peruvian culture. Very interesting ! Really recommended and the museum is very modern too.

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Lima
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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

The former Fishing Ministry, a concrete block from the Velasco era, was converted to a museum some years ago. However, the infrastructure is not suited for exhibits. The space is more modern than Soviet-era monoliths, but it is cold and unwelcoming. Further, permanent exhibits are poor, and temporary ones, sometimes, very good. If you are traveling to Lima, there are... More

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Houston
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

The museum is spread out on floors 2,3,6. The stark setting for black and white photos depicting the tumultuous years of civil rebellion were moving. It is a reminder to all of the struggles people had to endure to get to where they are now. The special exhibit on the Inca Trail road was interesting also. This is not a... More

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Luanda, Angola
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155 attraction reviews
869 helpful votes 869 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

The Larco Museum is better and has more comprehensive explanations, but I did find the 50 minute guided tour (15 soles for a private tour) worth while. There are lots of good photos and there are some English explanations. The Shining Path exhibition on the 6th floor is sobering and worth a detour.

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Lima, Peru
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This museum use to be really good and complete, now it is only the remains of a great museum, great example of a still poor country that do not allocate resources to preserve this cultural pilar.

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San Salvador
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39 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

This museum does have some interesting exhibits, BUT the work is only half-done! The building looks huge from the outside, but construction inside isn´t really finished, and half of the space is taken up by private offices. There is absolutely no guidance inside - no maps are on displays or available. The museum has exhibits on floors 1, 2, 3,... More

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Lima, Peru
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

I visited the national museum today and it was still free. Unfortunately everything is in Spanish, but the exhibition is very interesting. I had some difficulties navigating through the building, but I think I found all the current exhibitions. I was looking for the one about the shining path, but it seems to have gone.

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